I came across this picture the other day on Facebook and it kinda sums up my experience. It’s certainly been true for me that loss is not a straightforward step by step process to work through – I’ve been all over the place. However, that’s not really what I wanted to talk about.
A couple of things yesterday spoke to me about reading scripture to help us with different situations and emotions. I know – this is not new and it’s certainly not rocket science but maybe it was the reminder I needed? I’m kinda assuming God wanted me to think about it at least since I pretty much got the same message from three different sources.
First my devotional was talking about reading scripture often to allow it to penetrate our hearts and minds and reminding me that there is a scripture for everything we face. I think I’ll look up some for the various stages of grief and use them if I’m struggling with that area.
Next I read the Lion Bites from GPC which was talking about God’s voice and speaking scripture. Here is the bit that stuck out to me.
As you declare God’s word, His powerful force invades and causes all things to come into alignment with Him and His rule. Take courage today that you are called and empowered to speak life and love into people and atmospheres and see real, tangible change.
Then I went to visit my lovely mentor who brought up the song ‘I can only imagine’ – a young friend of hers has just died from cancer and she was talking about how the song was written in a time of loss. She was saying that even in those most difficult times God still has plans that are bigger than we can imagine. She was telling me to dream big. Then she too was talking about Bible promises that we can lean on to get us through.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine. Eph 3:20
If I had time right now I’d come up with that list of Scriptures and put them here but I have a big birthday party to get organised for my Dad this weekend. If you have any thoughts about good verses for me let me know. I’ll leave just one here that’s been helpful for me recently.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Prov 3:5-6